Russell Brand pays tribute to Amy Winehouse

Monday August 29, 2011

Russell Brand provided a rare poignant moment at the MTV Video Music awards with a tribute to his late friend, Amy Winehouse, who died a month ago after struggling for years with drug and alcohol abuse.

Russell urged people to remember the 27-year-old for her music, and urged others suffering to get help.

"A lot of people just get the disease, not many people get the incredible talent that Amy was blessed with," said the comedian, who successfully battled drug addiction himself.

"Let's remember there is a solution. That solution is available."

Tony Bennett, who joined Amy in what is believed to be her last song on his upcoming Duets II album, showed the audience a clip of the pair singing Body And Soul.

Moments later, Bruno Mars sang one of her hits, Valerie, but closed the song out with the refrain "Amy, we'll miss you baby".

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